Early Years Foundation Stage

Here, you will find a wealth of information about our Nursery and Reception program, dedicated Early Years staff and the nurturing environment that we provide for our youngest learners.

Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to our Early Years Department. Here, you will find a wealth of information about our Nursery and Reception program, dedicated Early Years staff and the nurturing environment that we provide for our youngest learners. Whether you’re a parent, guardian, or just curious about what we offer, we invite you to explore our page and learn more about our Excellent Early Years curriculum. 

Our Early Years program is designed to support and promote child development through play-based learning experiences. Play is a vital part of a child’s Early Years. It allows children to explore, make connections, form relationships and develop key skills. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework which is used in the UK to provide education and care for children from birth to five years old. We then adapt our curriculum as necessary to recognise the Caymanian and Caribbean Culture and the Catholic Ethos of our school. At St. Ignatius Catholic School we focus on promoting the holistic development of young children, including their Physical, Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development.

The children in our setting are aged between 3- 5 years old. We have two Nursery classrooms (age 3-4 years) and two Reception classrooms (age 4-5 years). Our learning environments are carefully planned and arranged to provide a range of activities and resources that encourage creativity, problem-solving, and social interaction. Our children have access to our indoor and outdoor classrooms throughout the day. Teachers and Assistant Teachers observe the children at play to monitor progress and facilitate learning. Teachers and Assistant Teachers model, explain, describe, question, and set challenges as the children access the learning environments.

Learning outside the classroom

Our Early Years children have access to our wonderful outdoor classroom throughout the day. Outdoor learning enriches education in so many ways and is especially important in the world we live in today. Simply being outside improves physical health, social and emotional wellbeing. Research has shown that it also improves immunity, sight, and hearing development. The diverse sensory experiences that outdoor play offers also stimulates cognitive development. 

Our Educational Approach

Our play-based curriculum facilitates child-initiated and adult-led learning. It is designed to be flexible and responsive so that teachers can follow children’s needs and interests. Our children learn new skills, acquire new knowledge, and demonstrate their understanding through 7 Areas of Learning and Development which are further divided into 17 aspects. There are 3 Prime Areas of Learning and 4 Specific Areas of Learning.

Prime Areas of Learning:

These areas are all interconnected and are considered fundamental as they provide the foundation for all other learning and development.

Personal, Social, and Emotional Development

  • Self-Regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building Relationships

Communication & Language

  • Listening
  • Attention & Understanding
  • Speaking

Physical Development

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills

Specific Areas of Learning:

These areas of learning build upon the foundation provided by the Prime Areas and focus on more specific academic and skill-based learning.

Literacy

  • Comprehension
  • Word Reading
  • Writing

Mathematics

  • Number
  • Numerical Patterns

Understanding the World

  • Past & Present
  • People, Culture & Communities
  • The Natural World

Expressive Arts & Design

  • Creating with Materials
  • Being Imaginative & Expressive

We ensure a balance of structured adult-led activities and child-led learning. This approach helps to promote holistic growth and development.  During child-initiated learning, children choose their own activities. They have access to resources in our learning environment that promote the 7 Areas of Learning.

Holistic Education

We ensure a balance of structured adult-led activities and child-led learning. This approach helps to promote holistic growth and development.  During child-initiated learning, children choose their own activities. They have access to resources in our learning environment that promote the 7 Areas of Learning.